As part of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) commitment to broaden participation in computing (BPC), a number of NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) programs now require PIs to have a meaningful broadening participation in computing (BPC) plan at time of award. Computing departments are encouraged to develop departmental BPC plans that faculty can use in their proposals submitted to these NSF programs.

To support departments developing a Departmental BPC Plan, the Computing Research Association (CRA) will host a series of free workshops funded by NSF. The first two workshops in this series were held virtually on July 13-14, 2020, and August 6-7, 2020. A follow-up day for July and August participants was held on August 13, 2020.

The third workshop in this series will start on October 29, 2020. The structure for this workshop is as follows:

    • Presentation and Discussion Day – October 29, 2020
    • Writing Day #1 – November 12, 2020 (optional)
    • Writing Day #2 – December 3, 2020 (optional)

To Participate

Sign up for the workshop here. Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis.

You are welcome to attend all or some of the 3 workshop days based on where you are in the process of writing your BPC plan and whether or not you participated in previous workshops. Please use the sign-up link to indicate which days you would like to attend. You only need to fill out the sign-up form once.

Once you sign up, you will receive a Zoom registration link before each workshop day to access the workshop. Email if you have any questions about the sign-up process or access to the workshop.


BPC Plan Workshop Series Steering Committee

Nancy Amato

Nancy Amato

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp

Colorado School of Mines

Ronald Metoyer

Ronald Metoyer

University of Notre Dame

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

University of Utah

General Logistics

This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees will be provided information on how to join the workshop via email after the application closes and the attendee list is finalized. 

Technical requirements for joining the workshop can be found here:

CRA will provide ASL interpreters and closed captioning upon request. Please submit your request in the workshop application. If you have any questions, please contact us at


CRA Code of Conduct

CRA is committed to uniting industry, academia, and government to advance computer science research to positively impact the world. Key to this commitment is increasing the success and participation of computing researchers. CRA recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every individual and group to contribute to its mission. CRA embraces and encourages diversity and inclusion.

To achieve its mission, CRA provides a safe and welcoming environment, free from discrimination and harassment, for all participants in all CRA sponsored activities. Participants include, but are not limited to, attendees, sponsored attendees, guests, speakers, CRA staff, external vendors, sponsors, CRA board members, CRA committee members, CRA committee board members, faculty mentors, and student mentees. CRA sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, its workshops, conferences, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, board meetings, CRA’s work environment, all ancillary social gatherings, and on-line communications, including email and social media, and verbal communications to organize or otherwise contribute to these activities.

All CRA activity participants are required to treat each other with respect in all their behavior, e.g., speech, actions, and on-line communications.  CRA prohibits discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior at CRA activities includes, but is not limited to

Discrimination  Any behavior that discriminates, abuses, offends, or denigrates other participants based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, appearance, political affiliation, religion, veteran status,  or any other personal characteristic or identity.

Sexual and Physical Harassment  Any unwelcome verbal, physical, conduct of a sexual nature, or conduct of a perceived sexual nature. For example, propositions, comments on physical appearance, offensive sexual comments, promises of favors for sexual activity, physical threats, touching, sexual assault, physical assault, and displaying of sexual images.

Harassment  Any behavior directed at individuals that intimidates, abuses, offends, disrupts, denigrates, creates psychological, physical or physiological fear, bullies, stalks, records, or in any way interferes with these individuals’ participation or responsibilities at CRA activities.

Retaliation  Any harassment directed at individuals who report or bear witness to violations or investigations of potential violations of the CRA Code of Conduct, or falsely reporting violations of the CRA Code of Conduct.

Be thoughtful in all your communications.  “Having no intent to offend” and “joking” do not make unacceptable behavior acceptable.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Participations in CRA activities is considered a privilege, not a right. CRA reserves the right to:

  • remove individuals from any CRA activity without warning and without reimbursing or refunding meeting participation costs;
  • prohibit individuals from participating in future CRA activities;
  • remove individuals from CRA leadership positions; and
  • prevent individuals from deriving benefits from CRA activities.
In addition, if it comes to CRA’s attention that someone is under investigation or has been judged by their home institution or any legal body for actions and/or behavior outside of CRA sponsored activities that do not align with the intents and purposes of the CRA code of conduct, CRA may temporarily or permanently apply these consequences.

Reporting of and Responses to Unacceptable Behavior
Targets of unacceptable behavior should first take appropriate actions to ensure their immediate safety.

Targets of unacceptable behavior should contact CRA staff and designated participants in person at on-going CRA activities or by phone or email. CRA will post the designated people and contact information for each CRA activity and additional details on reporting at this website.  These designated individuals may take immediate action on verbal reports of unacceptable behavior, such as removing an individual who may have violated the code of conduct from the CRA activity.

Targets and witnesses of unacceptable behavior are encouraged to file a formal complaint with CRA using the designated process.

CRA requests all participants to act if you notice a dangerous situation and to report violations of this code of conduct.



Writing Day #2 (optional) – December 3, 2020 Time (ET)
Burçin Tamer (Computing Research Association)
2:00 PM – 2:05 PM
General Discussion
Nancy Amato, Tracy Camp, Mary Hall, Colleen Lewis, & Ron Metoyer
2:05 PM – 2:30 PM
Break-out Groups 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
30-minute Break 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Break-out Groups 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (+)

Note: Consultants will be available to answer questions during break-out groups. Agenda is subject to change. Please check back for updates. 

Workshop Structure

The first day of the workshop (Presentation and Discussion Day – October 29, 2020) of the workshop will consist of presentations from the NSF and BPC experts centered around the importance of BPC plans and the Departmental BPC Plan writing process and include interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day. 

The second and third days of the workshop (Writing Days – November 12, 2020 and December 3, 2020) are writing days for participants and are organized around breakout sessions for hands on work. BPC consultants will be available to answer questions and to provide input during the writing process.

You are welcome to attend all or some of the 3 workshop days as is helpful for you in the process of writing your BPC plan – whether or not you participated in previous BPC Plan Writing workshops.

Before the Presentation and Discussion Day (October 29, 2020)

Check out the following useful links to get familiar with BPC plans and get started:

Before the Writing Days (November 12th and December 3rd, 2020)

Create a list of current BPC activities happening in your department

Past participants found it helpful to request department members to add current BPC activities (activity title/description, contact info) to a shared spreadsheet. Example spreadsheet (make a copy)

Here is an email template you can use to reach out to your colleagues:

We ([participant names]) are attending a Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) workshop to create a Departmental BPC Plan. We want to document our existing BPC activities. Please contribute to [document link]. These BPC activities might include curriculum and pedagogy, building community, data and evaluation, departmental policies, BPC learning, outreach, recruiting, or expanding research opportunities.

Identify institutional resources for BPC or inclusive teaching

Many campuses have teaching and learning centers or diversity offices that can provide training or other resources. Consider emailing the diversity office to see if they could provide support for your Departmental BPC Planning process.

Gather relevant demographic data

Your Departmental BPC Plan will need to document the demographics of your department, campus, and geographic region. We recommend that you collect data about your computing graduates and K-12 students in your state and check out other information about data and evaluation before you get started on your plan. 

Get feedback on your draft/completed plan

CRA and BPCnet are pleased to offer a free consultancy service for you to get feedback on your BPC plan.  

Check out the BPC Plan Consultancy page to schedule a meeting with a BPC expert if you have specific questions.

If you have a complete version of your BPC plan: Submit your plan for review by consultants

If you have any questions, please contact for more information.